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Master of Science in Conservation

Master’s programme
N2KUV
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-6A18A
Tuition
Full education cost: 244 000 SEK
First payment: 61 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-1A18A
Tuition
Full education cost: 244 000 SEK
First payment: 61 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

More information about tuition fees

Application closed

In this education, we address issues related to sustainability. The content of the course or program fits into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance, and a guarantee that courses or programs contain a pronounced sustainability perspective.

Summary

The Master’s Programme in Conservation is designed to deepen your knowledge about the multiple layers of meaning of cultural heritage. You will explore current methods of conservation, covering issues of maintenance and reuse, contemporary developments, and different aspects of participatory heritage planning, all in relation to the challenges of climate change, social movements, and socially equal futures. The programme expands your professional career possibilities in Sweden and internationally and prepares you for further academic research.

About

The material and immaterial aspects of cultural heritage link our past with the present and the future and are enmeshed in critical questions of identity, memory, and sense of place. This master’s programme is designed to deepen your knowledge about the characteristics and multiple layers of meaning of cultural heritage and the condition of its influence in societies. It helps you develop new skills in the documentation, assessment, interpretation, and conservation of cultural heritage.

In the programme, you will engage in ongoing heritage projects and investigate current methods of conservation, covering issues of maintenance and reuse, contemporary developments, and different aspects of participatory heritage planning. In a broader scope, it provides you with new knowledge to address heritage conservation in relation to challenges of climate change, social movements, and socially equal futures. The programme highlights how historical aspects can be seen as resources in sustainable societal development. Combining academic studies with research assignments, you get to link theory with practice, and build your capacity for both professional and research careers.

Firm grounding in research and collaboration

Participating in our master’s programme would help you find new connections, inspirations, and internships. The courses are taught by lecturers and guest scholars with national and international experience. The Department of Conservation collaborates closely with private heritage conservation actors and public agencies, including the Swedish National Heritage Board and a range of museums. We also enjoy an array of international connections, especially through the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, led by scholars at the department, as well as the different Erasmus agreements that network with us throughout and beyond Europe. The past four decades of experiences and connections have provided the Department of Conservation with an important history and position in Sweden.

If you are a conservator looking to specialize, you can apply to the Master’s Programme in Conservation with a Specialization in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects.

Programme structure and content

Courses within the programme include lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, and site-specific investigations.

The first semester offers an in-depth study of the field of conservation focusing on the theoretical starting points, the historical conditions, and the role of conservation in society as well as on the research methods within the field. During the second semester and the second year, you will be able to focus on a specific area of interest. You can combine elective courses for individual specialization with writing a master’s thesis (30 credits), or choose to write a master’s thesis (60 credits) during the second year. 

If you already have extensive practical experience in heritage conservation and management or are interested in further doctoral education, we recommend that you spend a year on your thesis through which you produce a more research-intensive report in a specific research area.

More information about programme structure and content

Who should apply?

Apply to the Master’s Programme in Conservation if you want to work in the heritage conservation and management field and if you are interested in how cultural heritage conservation relates to contemporary, societal challenges. The programme sharpens your critical thinking and offers new theoretical insights and cutting edge methodologies.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a professional qualification of at least 180 credits, or equivalent training obtained abroad. The applicant's previous studies fulfilling this requirement must concern areas of knowledge dealing with the content, organisation or construction of cultural heritage, or different practical perspectives of cultural heritage in a societal context, or the conditions for how cultural heritage can be interpreted and constructed. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection

Selectionis based upon the number of credits in Conservation.

After graduation

Graduates receive the degree Master of Science in Conservation. The programme prepares you for a professional career and qualifies you for future academic studies.